As many of you know, I am currently on a 10 day tour of Italy. There will obviously be more posts to come, but I wanted to take a moment and wish you all a beautiful week and to remind all of you to take time to savor the moments that come your way. The “Italian Way of Life” comments are regurgitated so often that they have become a tired cliche, but there is something to be said about the way those in this country choose to live their lives. The happy smiles, slower pace and attention to detail all work together to make an idle Monday afternoon downright lovely.
Not to overstate my case Eat, Pray, Love-style, but have seen and learned so much on this trip. An enormous amount about my home country but much more about myself. This trip started out as a bucket-list vacation and wound up being a defining moment in my life. I am certain that when my 100-year-old self looks back on my life (should I be so lucky to make it to that age) she will see the moments spent as “before Italy and after Italy” and it will have much more to do with life choice than choice of wine or dinner location.
We started in Rome and I write you in Firenze. We leave this afternoon for the Amalfi Coast–each place has something to offer and something to dislike. Sort of like each person, each moment, each transaction.
I say we work to savor the good stuff and toss the bad.